Category Archives: Women’s issues

America needs to catch up with Muslim women’s empowerment

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America needs to catch up with Muslim women’s empowerment

So there was a bit of a snafu with some posts I was waiting to have published on MissMuslim, but all is forgiven because I’ve got one up (and because I have a bit of a crush on Editor-in-Chief Jenan Matari). One of my favorite past-times is spectacularly shutting down Western misconceptions about Muslim countries and Islamic law and history. As an American, I am really disappointed that my fellow countrymen are such misogynists that they picked Cheeto Voldemort over just-as-qualified-as-she-is-corrupt Hillary Clinton. But I can’t help but be a bit… smug about the fact that White America has yet again failed to do what Muslims have been doing for years. (And yes, it was White America. Check the polls. More on that later.) There, I said it. I’m not proud of it. I don’t revel in the fact that the U.S. still hasn’t had a female head of state. I’m not really about that moral superiority life. But it’s nice to take ignoramuses down a notch.

My list comprises of eight heads of state who happen to have an extra X chromosome. (Click it. Click the pretty, red words.) Seven of these countries are Islamic states; one of the countries is not, yet the head of state in question was herself Muslim with a lot of Muslim support). One of these Muslim countries even has a female atheist head of state. Food for thought for those who enjoy putting 1.6 billion Muslims in a box without a semblance of nuance or historical context.

Elmo’s dunya

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Why hello lovelies,

It’s been a pleasant week, apart from an article in the Targum that was published on Monday and which has lead me to really want to do some damage to one of the editors… I’d rather not even address it.  I might later, though.

I’m just keeping it short and simple… I posted this on Facebook (and my Twitter, I think) right when they released the info that they had this idea, and they’re finally going to run with it.

Sesame Street hits Lahore.

I love this. I’m from a family and area in Karachi where I really haven’t been exposed to the illiteracy and extreme conservatism of Pakistan, but I do know that, as my mother often says, what Pakistan needs more than anything is education. And the main Pakistani character is a girl. Love, love, love it.

Kind of wondering why Big Bird isn’t there though. Would have been nice to see him spit some Urdu.

Ab imo pectore,

Syjil.

The link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16078217

It’s a girl thing

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Yesterday (or rather, day before) saw my 2nd article in the Daily Targum.  I haven’t posted about it until now, because… well. Exams. Kind of hard to be an awesome blogger chick when you’ve got your education thing going.

Dr. Brumfield of Rutgers University, along with Akdeniz University and a photojournalist by the name of Mick Minard (a woman, by the way), has started this project in Turkey that teaches this group of women farmers business skills that will help them to make a profit off of their livelihood in an efficient manner, making their lives easier.  You can find my article here.

I had difficulty writing this.  Brumfield is all the way in Turkey and Minard’s power went out what with all the snow… I couldn’t get more sources seeing as I was too busy chasing these two down, and literally got my article in at (after) last minute.  It’s just an okay piece for me… I wish I had more.

I wish I could have spoken to them in person.  I would have gotten a different angle out of them.  There’s another project by CARE USA that this reminded me of… Simply put, women’s disadvantages and lack of opportunity has led to one of our biggest epidemics: poverty.  I won’t say too much, because this video says it all for me.

Ab imo pectore,

Syjil.

As always, if the links don’t work:

http://www.dailytargum.com/news/university/faculty-cultivates-turkish-women-s-agricultural-skills/article_5c14eec2-08f7-11e1-8bf9-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kxysX4MmOU